The Innisfil Public Library (IPL) adopted Evergreen as their ILS almost 5 years ago, with the intention that this shift in direction would create a catalyst for organizational change. All staff had a role in implementing the change, working together and solving problems as a team, as many had roles completely outside their comfort zones. It was an opportunity to build staff skill levels, boost technological confidence levels and fuel team cohesiveness.
These key learnings set the stage for IPL to be able to pursue new partnerships, projects and services, such as: the recent implementation of IPL’s new local history database, Our Stories using the Islandora software developed by the University of Prince Edward Island, and a new program at IPL called “Check out a Skill” which encourages the public to bring their technology problems, such as issues with e-readers, to the IPL staff.
IPL staffs are continuously learning, collaborating and developing new abilities and expertise with each new initiative confronted and tackled. While not every new project is successful, our failures have been incredible learning opportunities. We invite you to hear how Evergreen helped a small public library to transform itself by making unconventional choices and taking unconventional risks.